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Hintz Applauds Gov. Evers’ $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:50

covid-19-vaccine-shot2OSHKOSH - Governor Tony Evers on Monday unveiled a new incentive opportunity for Wisconsinites who get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released a statement following the announcement:

gordon_hintz“I am excited to welcome Governor Evers to Oshkosh for his $100 COVID-19 vaccine reward program announcement today. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself from getting hospitalized or dying from the virus, and Gov. Evers’ new $100 vaccination incentive reward program will give Wisconsinites in every part of our state yet another reason to get vaccinated.

“Vaccination is a public health issue, and getting as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19 is crucial to helping Wisconsin recover from the pandemic. All three COVID-19 vaccines have undergone strict testing and are based on decades of research, so we know they are safe and effective. While there are some who remain vaccine reluctant, there are many others who simply have not gotten around to scheduling their vaccines or who have been talking with their health care providers to get their questions answered.

“I thank Gov. Evers for creating this new program to help protect the health and lives of the people of Wisconsin and I encourage all Wisconsinites who aren’t yet vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and put an extra $100 in their pocket. The more people that remain unvaccinated, the higher the odds that the virus will mutate and develop variants that will not be a perfect match for the vaccines. Providing an additional incentive for unvaccinated individuals to get their vaccine benefits us all.”

 
Hintz on 1-Year Anniversary of Jacob Blake Shooting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:04

jacob-blakeOSHKOSH - One year after the shooting of Jacob Blake, Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

gordon-hintz“One year ago today, Jacob Blake was shot and paralyzed by law enforcement here in Wisconsin. My thoughts continue to be with him and with his loved ones.

“As we think back to what happened a year ago, I ask all Wisconsinites to continue to have the difficult but important conversations that are part of working toward reform. Let us all recommit ourselves to addressing systemic racism in our state and in our nation, and to ensuring accountability and transparency in public safety and law enforcement. Black lives matter. While progress has been made in the last twelve months, our work is far from done.”

 
Redistricting The Future - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 20 August 2021 11:22

redistricting-wiscMILWAUKEE - We welcome the Fair Elections Project's Sachin Chheda to discuss the breaking news on redistricting. The 2020 census data has just arrived from DC, the lawsuits have begun, and a new Harvard report ranks Wisconsin the least democratic state in the nation, classifying it a “democracy desert”. Our panel also talks about worsening COVID infection and hospitalization rates, and the controversy over the Biden Administration's decision to authorize a third dose when big Pharma is still denying it to most of the world. Robert updates us on the dramatic and historically significant Congressional battle over the President’s Build Back Better agenda.

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Governor Radio: Highlighting $50 Million in New Funding for Wisconsin Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 20 August 2021 10:40

wisc-dairy-farmMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address highlighting a new round of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program including $50 million in direct payments to support Wisconsin farmers and agricultural producers. To date, the governor has earmarked a total of more than $100 million from federal coronavirus relief funds to support Wisconsin’s agricultural industries.

Audio file of Radio Address.

tony-eversHi, folks! Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers here.

I don’t have to tell you that the past 18 months have been especially challenging. This pandemic has hit our farmers and their families especially hard.

But despite these unprecedented challenges, Wisconsin farmers kept working tirelessly to keep food on our tables this past year.

Our agricultural industry remains a critical driver of the state’s economy and our workforce.

So, though our farmers are some of the most resilient folks in our state, we know we have to provide them with the support they need to thrive.

Earlier this week, I was excited to announce a new round of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. This program will provide $50 million in direct payments, made available under the American Rescue Plan Act, to support our state’s farmers.

And, since these funds are unrestricted, farmers will be able to use them wherever they see fit—whether it's investing in innovative farming practices, conservation efforts, or just paying bills and making ends meet.

I also know folks have a busy harvest season coming up, which is why applications for these direct payments will open after the fall harvest, so there’s plenty of time for folks to learn about the program and apply.

Investing in our farmers is an investment in Wisconsin’s future.

With this new support, farmers and their families can get the resources they need to keep recovering from this pandemic and bounce back even stronger than before.

Thank you.

 
End Abuse Urges Evacuation and Humanitarian Aid for Afghan Refugees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by End Domestic Abuse WI, Jenna Gormal   
Friday, 20 August 2021 09:43

afghanistan-refugees2021Group urges prioritizing action to support Afghan refugees at both the Federal and State levels.


Madison, WI – This week the world has watched devastating scenes of violence in Afghanistan and witnessed the desperate attempts being made to evacuate the country. Scenes from the airport in Kabul show chaos as thousands of people face violence from the Taliban when trying to reach the airport to evacuate. Meanwhile, others are still sheltering in their homes, in too much fear to attempt reaching the airport at all. Under Taliban rule from 1996-2001, women were prevented from accessing education and employment in all but rare cases; now there are warning signs that the Taliban may severely curtail women’s rights again.

Here in Wisconsin, Fort McCoy is preparing to accept refugees from Afghanistan. Once refugees arrive at Fort McCoy, local resettlement agencies may assist the Afghan refugees to obtain critical services. As of yet, it is unclear when refugees will begin arriving at Fort McCoy.

“We stand against oppression, violence, and gender-based abuse in all forms. End Abuse has deep roots in supporting immigrant and refugee survivors of violence, and we will work to uplift and support new arrivals to Wisconsin directly and through our member programs,” said Monique Minkens, Executive Director for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse).

In alignment with our mission, End Abuse urges our federal and local administrations to take action to support Afghan refugees through the following steps:

Federal:

Establish a policy for all Afghans fleeing violence to be eligible for humanitarian parole

Designate Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

Wisconsin:

Commit to funding emergency shelter and long-term housing options for Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy

Allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide civil legal services, including immigration services, needed by Afghan refugees arriving in Wisconsin

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End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (End Abuse, www.endabusewi.org) is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin. At End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, we educate shelter and program volunteers and advocates, law enforcement, legislators, and community members to provide safety and support to survivors. We strive to shift Wisconsin from the attitudes and beliefs that cause domestic violence to values of mutual respect and equity, and we partner with communities in the effort to prevent and end domestic abuse. We encourage reporters to include the National Domestic Violence Hotline number [1−800−799−SAFE(7233)] in their stories for victims who need help. A list of local Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers can be found at www.endabusewi.org/get-help

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 August 2021 10:37
 
Agard Welcomes Afghan Refugees Coming to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Thursday, 19 August 2021 07:50

afghanistan-refugees-2021MADISON - Tuesday, Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement regarding the relocation of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and refugees to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin:

melissa-sargent“Here in Wisconsin, we take care of each other and we look out for one another. I support the relocation efforts for Afghan refugees who have been displaced due to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan and welcome them into Wisconsin. Everyone deserves to live in a secure environment without fear of retribution. My heart is with the thousands of Afghan families who are being forced to leave their homes in search of safety.

“I am confident in the leadership of the service members at Fort McCoy in helping resettle Afghan refugees. We must ensure that Afghan refugees have access to culturally appropriate supports to ease their transition in the US. I am ready to assist federal and local officials in relocation efforts and pray for the safe evacuation of the SIV applicants and refugees.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 August 2021 07:57
 
Agard Supports UW-Madison’s Efforts to Provide Sexual Assault Services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Tuesday, 17 August 2021 15:17

sexual-assault-harassmentSANE nurses offer a different level of care for survivors and provide emotional support after a traumatic experience.

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Radio Address - Underscoring Critical Need to Protect Voting Rights in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 13 August 2021 10:43

tony-eversMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers Thursday delivered the Democratic Radio Address on his action earlier this week to veto Republican legislation that attempted to curtail voting rights in the state of Wisconsin. The governor reaffirmed his promise to protect the right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot and to ensure it is easy and accessible for them to do so.

Audio file of Radio Address

Hey, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

In Wisconsin, we’re no stranger to politicians trying to abuse their power to change election results they didn’t like.

We see it in our maps—some of the most gerrymandered in the nation.

We see it in our photo ID requirement—a law we’ve had on the books for the better part of a decade now.

And we’ve seen firsthand as all of this has played out in costly litigation over the years.

But since November 2020, we’ve watched Republican legislators and governors across the country add more hurdles to voting and abuse their power to try to change election results they didn’t like.

And some of those bills have even been introduced right here in Wisconsin.

This week, Legislative Republicans sent several bills to my desk that would’ve made it harder for folks to cast a ballot in our state.

These bills would’ve restricted how an absentee ballot can be returned and by whom, limited municipalities’ ability to organize community events to help voters return ballots, and made burdensome changes to the use of indefinitely confined voter status.

That’s simply unacceptable.

Democracy isn’t something that just happens for us, WE choose to make it happen every day.

When I ran for this office, I promised that I’d work to protect voting rights in our state.

I intend to keep that promise.

That’s why I vetoed these bills to curtail our democracy earlier this week, and it’s why, as long as I’m governor, I’m going to keep working to protect the right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot and to make sure it is easy and accessible for them to do so.

Thank you.

 
Farmers Union President Slams Ron Johnson’s Failure to Stand Up For Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Philip Shulman   
Friday, 13 August 2021 10:30

farmer-wicornDarin Von Ruden slams Ron Johnson for voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill.


Eau Claire, Wis. -- Thursday, Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden slammed Ron Johnson for voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill and abandoning Wisconsin’s farming communities. The legislation includes funding to repair roads and bridges, invest in clean water infrastructure, and expand high-speed internet.

You can watch the full event here and see highlights of what Darin Von Ruden said below:

ron-johnsonWisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden: With the bipartisan infrastructure bill, we’ll have the support we need to help our farms and businesses grow and be better equipped to provide for our families and communities. Ron Johnson was soundly against even discussing what this bill could do for the agriculture sector in our state and is clearly in Washington to serve himself and those who can pay to play.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2021 10:43
 
Release of US Census Data Provides Challenge to State Legislators PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Women Voters WI, Debra Cronmiller   
Friday, 13 August 2021 09:44

voter-us-electionsCan this Legislature draw maps in an open, nonpartisan manner that reflects the will of all Wisconsinites, asks non-partisan election watchdogs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2021 10:05
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